Corrections Certificate (Transfer)

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Program Manager: Didi Culp
Phone: 240.629.7952

Program Description

Targets the field in criminal justice that focuses on the sentencing and treatment of offenders after they have been convicted of crimes. The certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the corrections field, including state and federal prisons and county detention centers. The certificate program is also designed to help corrections officers improve their work-related skills and advance within their chosen careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the correctional system at the local, state, and federal levels and how they function and interact.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of corrections in the United States.
  • Explain how an offender passes through and is dealt with by the judicial system after being charged with criminal acts.
  • Identify the treatment programs offered in the local, state, and federal levels of corrections.
  • Explain the function of parole, probation and mandatory release.
  • Explain the process of the death penalty in the United States.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
CCJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CCJS 201Criminal Law3
CCJS 214The Correctional Process3
ENGL 101English Composition3
PHED 165Fitness for Living3
PSYC 101General Psychology3
PSYC 104Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use3
SOCY 102Social Problems3
SOCY 201Criminology3
Total Credits27

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
CCJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Recommended Second Semester
CCJS 201 Criminal Law 3
PHED 165 Fitness for Living 3
SOCY 102 Social Problems 3
Recommended Third Semester
CCJS 214 The Correctional Process 3
PSYC 104 Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use 3
SOCY 201 Criminology 3
 Total Credits27

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.